PASSIONATE DRUMMING & MUSIC LESSONS

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Drum Set Curriculum

In these lessons we will start developing our students knowledge with the entire drum set. We will be focusing on playing a five piece drum set. (Base drum, snare drum, hi tom, middle tom, floor tom) We will also incorporate hi hat, ride cymbal and crash cymbals.


Beginner

- Proper sitting posture on drum throne

- Care, assembly & tuning of snare drum, toms, bass drum and proper instrument placement

- Development of good hand & foot techniques

- Applying snare drum techniques to drum set

- Style studies for drum set, rock, funk gospel, etc...

- Develop good time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track


Intermediate

- Intermediate drum set book

- Reading various time signatures

- More style studies such as, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, samba, r&b etc...

- Enhance time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods on drum set

- Double bass drumming concepts

- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills


Advance

- Continuation of Intermediate curriculum

- Advance time signature & use of dynamics

- Continue style studies and two handed sixteenth note beats

- Advance Eighth note beats

- Playing along to pre-recorded tracks.

Hand Drum Curriculum

Take a listen to a groove played on the djembe drum. Recorded by Murray S. Piper Enjoy!

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In these lessons our focus is mainly on hand drumming, teaching the student techniques and styles for various styles of hand drums from around the world including; Cajon, Bongos, Congas, Djembe, etc...




Beginner

- Develop good time keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track or all ready recorded music
- Study basic hand strokes specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn proper hand position
- Gain knowledge of the origins and history of various types of hand drums
- Play and read rhythms specific to the student’s type of drum
- Learn the proper way to hold and position drums


Intermediate

- Play and read more complex rhythms
- Continue development of good time keeping skills playing with a metronome or click track, or all ready recorded music

- Learn rhythms that are appropriate for a variety of music styles including Middle Eastern , R&B, Rock, Latin, Afro-Cuban, R&B, African, Hip Hop, and Jazz 


Advance

- Enhance time-keeping skills by playing with a metronome or click track or recorded music
- Continue ensemble playing with the introduction of more complex rhythms
- Develop creative solo ideas
- Deepen knowledge of rhythms by listening and reading